Acer Aspire iDea 500

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Acer Aspire iDea 500 Media Centre PC


This unusual PC allows you to: -

Record, pause, and watch live TV.

Collect and listen to music.

Organise and share photos.

Download and watch movies with high quality picture and sound.



Dual hybrid tuners (2 x analogue + 2 x digital freeview)

Excellent and amazing connectivity including HDMI output (up to 1080p), 2xSCART, DVI output, 2xs-video, composite, component, TV antenna in and out, 2x s/pdif, 7.1 channel audio, headphone out, mic in, 4x USB, 2 x Firewire,) etc etc etc.

Supports High Definition

Powerful Intel Core Duo processor


Keyboard receiver and remote control receiver built-in

Built-in memory card reader

Quiet in operation

Features Microsoft Window XP Media Centre Edition and Intels Viiv technology



Doesnt feature the Core 2 Duo processor

Hard drive could have been a tad bigger


List Price: £899 inc. VAT

Competitive Internet price: £799 inc. VAT


Star Rating: 9 Stars An excellent home entertainment PC. Well done Acer!